The best study and work cafés in Gothenburg
The café city Gothenburg
Gothenburg is a small city, but it’s filled with a lot of great and cozy cafés, especially around the town center. This is mostly because of the Swedish fika culture. Most cafés are found along the streets at Haga, Avenyn, Kungsportsplatsen, and Domkyrkan. Some cafés extinguish themselves with great atmospheres that attracts both students and remote workers.
The cafés that I find are the best are based on a few factors that I value in order to study or work. And those are…
- tasty coffee for a reasonable price
- free wifi och toilet
- near the city center and great transportation options
- pretty interior and environment
- good service
The list of the best cafés
Johan & Nyströms
The Johan & Nyström cafés in Gothenburg are always clean and feature cool industrial interior designs with green plants. They usually attract customers that come there to be productive such as students and can be found at Kungsportsavenyn 21 and Östra Hamngatan 46-48. They take good coffee pretty seriously and offers a wide range of raw food. Free wifi and toilets are available.
Foo Café is placed at Sprängkullsgatan. It’s a really modern co-working space with two floors and a large outdoor deck that’s open in the summer. The café has free wifi, a lot of toilets, exciting decorations, and furniture as well as free popcorn at night. There’s also a large ping-pong table, a lot of free table games and really tasty pizza and cheap beer (39 SEK). It’s easy to start your day there with work or study and finish it with some social time with friends.
Kafé Magasinet at Tredje lång (the street behind the famous Andra långgatan), is a super popular restaurant and bar at night, filled with customers and a loud volume.
However, during the day its a really calm atmosphere with incredible natural lights streaming in from the glass ceiling above. The interior is filled with big green plants, industrial lightbulbs, and cozy pillows. There’s coffee, wifi and toilets available and it’s great for both visiting alone or as a group.
Close to Domkyrkan, one can find the café and restaurant called Kopps. The greatest advantage with Kopps (in my experience) is that it’s open until 22 during weekdays, while most cafés in Gothenburg often close much earlier. Besides coffee and fika they also offer a variety of pasta dishes, pizzas, hamburgers, and more. Wifi and toilets are available and there’s shuffleboard that one can pay for.
The chain “da Matteo” can be found at multiple places in Gothenburg and there’s often a lot of customers, especially when the weather’s good. Their coffee is tasty, the interiors often feel very chill and wifi and toilets are always available. Most da Matteo cafés have both places to sit indoors and outdoors as well as multiple floors and some “hidden” areas. Right outside the entries at their outdoor servings, there’s often a lot of people. However, in most of their cafés, you can walk around (often through some small side door or stairs) and find semi-hidden places with fewer customers which are calmer and cozier. They as well offer both coffee, fika och pizzas.
A small and cozy café is Viktors Kaffe, located close to Götaplatsen. In contrast to the café chains such as Johan & Nyström and da Matteo, Viktors Kaffe feels much more intimate and local. The service is always pleasant and there’s a calm and chilled atmosphere. The interior features plants, art on the walls, and a blue sky painted on the ceiling. During the summer they also have an outdoor serving and there are wifi and toilets. During meal times, the café is often filled with people, however during other times its easy to find an empty spot to sit.